Constituents not surprised by Uqqummiut MLA's suspension
Constituents of Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq say they are disappointed but not surprised that he has been suspended from the Nunavut legislature.
The constituency includes the communities of Qikiqtarjuaq and Clyde River.
No reason has been given for Nuqingaq's suspension, which will last until the legislature's spring sitting.
Nuqingaq did not show up the morning MLAs met to select the new premier and cabinet last fall and missed two days of orientation.
Niore Iqalukjuaq of Clyde River lost the October election to Nuqingaq by two votes in a judicial recount.
He said he isn't shocked by the suspension given some of Nuqingaq's behaviour. Iqalukjuaq says the MLA has not yet paid a visit to Clyde River constituents.
"Although I think he goes to Qikiqtarjuaq, we have yet to see him here," he said. "So I'm pretty sure some of the people here will not be too happy with the news that he has been suspended until springtime."
MLAs will decide this spring whether to extend the suspension, end it or take other action.